SOCS4101 Advanced Theory in Social Sciences

6 points
(see Timetable)
Semester 1UWA (Perth)Face to face
Semester 2UWA (Perth)Face to face
Details for undergraduate courses
  • Level 4 elective
  • Honours core unit in Anthropology and Sociology; Archaeology; Asian Studies; Communication and Media Studies; Linguistics; Political Science and International Relations [Bachelor of Arts (Honours)]
This unit consists of a modular theoretically-oriented advanced topics research seminar. The unit is divided into a number of parallel modules, which typically take three weeks each. Each module covers a set of cognate but interdisciplinary topics in the social sciences. Typically a module will comprise three two-hour seminars, led by an expert in the field. Students choose, in consultation with their Honours dissertation supervisor, a total of three modules, which they complete over the 12 weeks of the unit. Examples of modules that may be included are: multiculturalism and cosmopolitanism; material dimensions of culture; contemporary political thought; the construction of knowledge in the social sciences; media archaeology; philosophy of language.

Module availability will vary depending on student profile and staff availability.
Students are able to (1) display advanced theoretical understanding across a range of disciplinary and interdisciplinary themes and (2) engage critically with advanced contemporary theory in the social sciences.
Indicative assessments in this unit are as follows: (1) written work and (2) critical reflections. Further information is available in the unit outline.

Supplementary assessment is not available in this unit.
Unit Coordinator(s)
Dr David Savat
Contact hours
seminars: 2 hours per week
Unit Outline
Semester 1_2019 [SEM-1_2019]
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